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 This Month In Lambton 

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 Keeping Immunizations Up-To-Date

Lambton Public Health has mailed suspension orders to students whose immunization records are still not up-to-date with the health unit. The deadline to update immunization records is March 2, 2020.

Reporting your child's immunizations only takes a few minutes.

Use one of the following options to report your child's immunizations:

If your child is in need of an immunization you can contact your health care provider or attend one of Lambton Public Health's Immunization Clinics on Friday, February 28 or Monday, March 2 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward.

For more information contact Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 ext. 3594.

 211 Ontario

During large scale emergencies, 211 Ontario serves as a public information centre for numerous municipalities in Ontario, including many in Lambton County.

Residents calling 211 or visiting can access the latest information about the emergency provided by municipal or emergency officials, including details about relief assistance or instructions to help protect public health and safety.

It should be noted that 911 should only be used to report emergencies or request assistance from police, fire, or emergency medical services (ambulance) - not to obtain information.

211's services are available in 175 languages and callers with a hearing impairment can use the TTY line: 1-866-488-9311.

Day-to-day, 211 Ontario provides public information about community and social services in Ontario 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

For more information about the use of 211 Ontario during emergencies, visit

 Household Hazardous Waste Day Events

Bring your household derived hazardous waste to one of the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Day events and it will be disposed of by experts, at no cost to you!

Household Hazardous Waste Day events will be held at Clean Harbours Canada, 4090 Telfer Road, St. Clair Township from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the following dates for the 2020 season:

  • ·         Saturday, March 28
  • ·         Saturday, April 25
  • ·         Saturday, May 30
  • ·         Saturday, June 27
  • ·         Saturday, September 28
  • ·         Saturday, October 31

Corrosive, toxic, reactive and flammable materials will be collected. These items should never be placed in a regular landfill because they have the potential to injure sanitation workers and the potential to damage our environment.

Examples of these types of materials include:

  • Corrosive - Batteries, Drain Cleaners, Oven Cleaners
  • Toxic - Pesticides, Rat Poison, Cleaning Fluids, Pharmaceuticals
  • Reactive - Pool Chemicals, Ammonia, Bleach, Aerosols
  • Flammable - Gasoline, Paints, BBQ Starter, Oils, Solvents, Propane Cylinders


Items NOT accepted include: PCBs, commercial, industrial or radioactive wastes, electronics and explosives (flares and ammunition).

For more information visit or call 519-845-0801.

 One Book Lambton

Lambton County is coming together to celebrate Canadian authors and their storytelling through One Book Lambton.

On October 25, 2019, the One Book Lambton Committee announced its title selection for the 2019-2020 year: The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew.

In his book Kinew tells the emotional story of how his estranged father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the year they spent reconnecting. Brilliantly navigating a painful past, renewed hopes, and dreams for the future, Kinew shares conversations with his father and learns of his traumatic childhood in a residential school. Through charismatic storytelling, Kinew gifts his readers with an inspiring story about cross cultural forgiveness, father-son relationships, and sparks important conversations about the future of Indigenous peoples.

Visit your local library today to borrow The Reason You Walk, or borrow an e-book or e-audiobook with your library card using the CloudLibrary app or the Libby app.

One Book Lambton will host various programs and events throughout Lambton County to explore the themes of The Reason You Walk.

One Book Lambton

Book Discussions

Join an open discussion about The Reason you Walk and its themes and message.

  • Friday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Alvinston Library
  • Monday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Sarnia Library
  • Monday, March 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Sarnia Library
  • Tuesday, March 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Wyoming Library
  • Thursday, March 12, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Arkona Library
  • Thursday, March 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Grand Bend Library
  • Saturday, March 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Shetland Library
  • Monday, March 23, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Mooretown Library
  • Monday, March 23, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Port Franks Library
  • Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Mallroad Library
  • Thursday, March 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Watford Library
  • Friday, March 27, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Petrolia Library
  • Monday, March 30, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Forest Library
  • Thursday, April 2, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Florence Library


Coping Through Loss: Experiences of Grief at the End of Life and Through Bereavement

Whether you are facing a life limiting illness yourself, caring for someone who is ill or have experienced the death of loved one - your experience of grief is at the same time universal, in that it is part of the human experience, and unique to your own personality, circumstances, relationships and culture.  Join us as an educator from St. Joseph’s Hospice explores themes of death, grief, loss and mourning while emphasizing the importance of extending compassion to ourselves, our loved ones and the community at large.

  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Sarnia Library
  • Thursday, March 26, 3:00 -4:00 p.m. - Alvinston Library
  • Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Wyoming Library
  • Monday, April 6, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Corunna Library
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Forest Library


Film Screening: Aftershock with filmmaker Dwayne Cloes and Guest Speaker Geraldine Robertson

Sarnia filmmaker Dwayne Cloes has combined his two documentaries on the experiences of residential school survivors and the children of the survivors into one 40-minute film. Guest Speaker Geraldine Robertson, survivor of two residential schools and featured in the documentary, will speak about her experience and answer questions after the screening.

We Are Still Here: The Story of Residential Schools as Told by Survivors

Three elders from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Bkejwanong First Nation, share their memories of surviving residential schools. Produced by the Right Relations Group of Lambton Presbytery, United Church of Canada.

Aftershock: The Second Generation Speaks

Featuring interviews with six First Nations adults, who explain how learning about their parents’ disturbed childhoods has helped them fight the toxic effects of seven generations of residential schooling and build a positive future for their own children.

  • Monday, March 23, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Mooretown Library
  • Saturday, March 28, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Sarnia Library Theatre
  • Thursday, April 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Camlachie Library
  • Monday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Lambton Central Collegiate Vocational Institute


Traditional Storytelling and Interactive Sharing

Join Kettle and Stony Point First Nation’s Barry and Deb Milliken for a morning of traditional storytelling, drumming and singing. Please pre-register your interest by calling the Forest Library at 519-786-5152 or stopping by the library.

  • Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -  Forest Library


Examining The Reason You Walk with Dr. Sinclair and Wab Kinew

Dr. Niigaan Sinclair and Wab Kinew will be visiting Lambton County to celebrate the culmination of One Book Lambton 2019 - 2020 from April 24-25, 2020.  Stay tuned to for more details.

Dr. Niggaanwewidam Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.

Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew is from the Ojbways of Onigaming First Nation in Northern Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg. He has worked as an on-air host for CBC English Radio and Television and a correspondent for Al Jazeera. At the heart of his work is a goal to bring attention to social justice issues at the local, national and international level. The National Post has hailed him as “an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large”. In addition to his journalism, Kinew is an award winning musician, producer, media personality and university administrator. Most recently, Kinew has started a career in politics and currently serves as the leader of the New Democratic Party in Manitoba and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba where he represents Fort Rouge.

Wab Kinew is the author of The Reason You Walk, which is the selected book for One Book Lambton 2019-2020.

One Book Lambton Save the Date

Online Book Discussions

Join the One Book Lambton Facebook group for online discussion about The Reason You Walk and its themes and message. Questions will be posted every Monday until April 20.

 March Break at Lambton Heritage Museum

Bring your family to Lambton Heritage Museum over March Break!

From March 16 to 20, children will have an opportunity to use tech gadgets at the Museum from the Lambton County Library MakerSpace program. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily, school-aged children can create their own buttons or magnets using the button maker and learn to program an Ozobot, a pocket-sized robot!

In addition to the special March Break programming, Museum visitors will be able to explore the tundra swan migration exhibit. Mid-March is usually a good time to spot tundra swans; you can visit for daily migration updates, including the number of swans in the area.

Lambton Heritage Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and beginning February 29, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $15.00 for families, $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and students, and $3.00 for children. Children three and under are free. For more information, call the museum at 519-243-2600 or email

For more information on Lambton Heritage Museum, visit or follow the museum on Facebook.

March Break at LHM poster

 Leap into Books! New and Used Book Sale at Lambton County Archives

Lambton County Archives is encouraging members of the public to leap into books this leap year at their new and used book sale on Saturday, February 29 between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.

This one-day sale will have a large selection of new and used local history books, genealogy books, DVDs and more available for purchase. Bring your own reusable bag and fill it with books for only $5 or visit the 'prices as marked' table to explore a selection of local history books.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a free, one-year membership to Lambton County Archives and access to members-only workshops.

While admission to this event is free, all donations are appreciated and support the preservation of archival collections.

For more information on Lambton County Archives, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Leap into books poster

 Travelling Trunks: Oil Museum of Canada

The Oil Museum of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its new Travelling Trunks program. The Museum invites educators to rent these program kits containing museum artifacts, reproductions, hands-on activities and lessons corresponding to the Ontario curriculum.

The Oil Heritage kit examines the history surrounding the first commercial oil well in North America located on the grounds of the Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs. Students will learn about the obstacles that these oil pioneers overcame to establish themselves and this new industry in the wild swamps of Lambton County. The Geology kit relates to the geology of Southern Ontario and the prospecting efforts to find hidden resources in the ground.

The Travelling Trunks are designed to be inter-disciplinary and contain artifacts that may be over a hundred years old. Students employ creative thinking and investigative techniques to examine historical artifacts, geologic samples, and historic photos. These kit are a great way to introduce local history and geography to young minds and learn about the amazing contributions our community has made to the global oil industry. Of course, you can always visit the Oil Museum of Canada with your class to learn more and see the sites first hand!

Please contact the museum at 519-834-2840 for additional information or if you are interested in booking one of the Travelling Trunk kits.

Travelling trunk contents

 Program Sparks Innovative Tourism Ideas for Sarnia-Lambton

The Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton and its Sarnia-Lambton partners hosted a Dragon's Den-style event at the Ipperwash Beach Club on February 12, 2020.

Six "Spark" Program finalists pitched their innovative tourism ideas for the region, with open and waterfront category entries.

The top three were selected to each receive a $3,000 grant to start up or continue growing their tourism idea along with mentorship opportunities to ensure long term success.

The Sarnia-Lambton “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program is a partnership between the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab, Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Southwest Ontario Tourism, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Libro Credit Union, and the Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board. Sarnia-Lambton is one of 6 regions in the province to offer the program to date.

The 2019-20 Sarnia-Lambton “Spark” Program winners are:

  • ·         Megan O’Neil,  100th of a Marathon Event, Lambton Shores
  • ·         Bo Tait, Throwcella Event, Sarnia
  • ·         Kailyn Shepley & Anne Hazzard, Historical Story Walk, Port Lambton


The goal of the "Spark" Program is to find, foster and support new tourism ideas that will enhance current tourism offerings, create new, high-quality tourism experiences, address gaps in tourism products and services, motivate travel, longer stays and repeat visits and increase year-round visitation and tourism spending. 

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton was pleased to receive 21 applications for consideration from across Sarnia and Lambton County in its inaugural year.

In addition to a source of funds and mentorship, Spark winners will gain access to a network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Pictured below are grant winners Megan O'Neil, Bo Tait, Kailyn Shepley and Anne Hazzard.

SPARK Tourism Grant Winners

 Student Nutrition Program

Student Nutrition Program Flyer

 JNAAG Spring Programming

Two new exhibitions are now open to the public at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia. This spring, the Gallery is hosting many youth, family and adult programs to complement these new exhibits.

JNAAG Spring Exhibitions

Family and Youth Programs

Family Sunday Drop-In

Every Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Free program, drop-in.
Suggested donation $5 per family.

Second Saturday

Magical Mobiles
March 14, 2020 from1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Free program, registration required.
A specialized program for creative families who want a longer, more involved studio experience.

Art Pod

March 26, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Early arrival welcome at 6:00 p.m.
Free program, registration required.
This program is specifically designed for youth with special needs ages 6-12 and their caregiver. Participants should be able to follow one-step directions.

Adult Programming

Art & Ideas

March 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Free program, registration required.
The Events of Expo '67 and the Formation of the PNIAI with Matthew Ryan Smith.

Slow View Tour: Experience in Inaabiwin

March 26, 2020 from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Free program, registration required.
Relax and take a long look in this guided meditative experience.

On-the-Spot Red Dot Tours

March 6, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Free program, drop-in.

Inspirational Moments

A specialized program for people with dementia and their caregivers including art making and gallery tours.
Sessions run twice monthly, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton to register.

To learn more about these programs and the current exhibitions, please visit




 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., March 4, 2020 - Lambton County Council (Budget Meeting)
9:30 a.m., March 26, 2020 - Lambton County Council (if required)
9:30 a.m., April 1, 2020 - Lambton County Council

9 a.m. & 11 a.m., April 15, 2020 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings are available online on the Council & Committee Agendas, Reports & Minutes page. Open Sessions of Lambton County Council and Committee meetings are streamed live and are available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the Streamed Council Meetings tab on the County website home page.

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